It is frustrating to move into your new home and detect the smell of cigarettes on the walls or carpet. Or you might be a long-time resident of your home who has just discovered smoke odours lingering in certain areas. This thirdhand smoke could remain for years and is difficult to remove.
ICE Cleaning’s smoke odour removal services ensure thorough decontamination and air neutralisation of your property. Its experts can be on-site within hours of your first call, and make your home habitable and breathable again.
Read on to learn more about thirdhand smoke and how to remove smoke smells from your home.
What is thirdhand smoke?
Thirdhand smoke refers to the smoke residues that remain on surfaces and in the air after a cigarette has been extinguished. This residual smoke can continue to release harmful chemicals into the air and onto surfaces long after the cigarette has been put out.
These chemicals are harmful to children and infants, who may encounter them through crawling, touching surfaces, putting their hands in their mouths, and inhaling contaminated air. Thirdhand smoke is linked to various health problems, including respiratory illnesses and cancer.
Why do you smell cigarette smoke in your smoke-free home?
There are a few ways that thirdhand smoke could settle in your home without the presence of cigarettes. If you moved into the house recently, it is likely that the previous owner smoked, and you have aggravated the chemicals hiding in surfaces.
Another answer might be that smoke has entered your home from a neighbour’s residence or someone persistently smoking outside. Smoke easily travels through the windows or shared air ventilation that has entered your home.
Thirdhand smoke is not just limited to cigarettes and can accumulate from vapes or marijuana. If you vape in your home, this could be a likely source of the smell, requiring remediation.
How to alleviate smoke odours
Unfortunately, there is little you can do on your own to remove the smell of smoke permanently. You must contact a smoke odour removal company to assist you. However, there are some small things that might alleviate or lessen the smell before help arrives.
Firstly, do not light scented candles or burn incense because this will only mask the smell and potentially react with the smoke contaminants. We advise you to:
- Use air purifiers
- Ventilate the property with open windows
- Circulate air using a standing fan
- Remove smoke-damaged furniture
- Replace or remove smoke-damaged carpets and wallpaper
Eliminating smoke odours can be challenging, particularly for smoke smells that have deeply permeated fabrics and furniture. To decontaminate these surfaces, help from a professional dry-cleaning service specialising in third-party smoke removal is recommended.
You can count on ICE Cleaning’s smoke odour removal services to thoroughly remove thirdhand smoke. Its technicians have access to expert tools that effectively scrub the air and remove all traces of smoke pollutants lingering on your property.
To find out more about their variety of services, you can visit their website or get in contact to book a free survey today.